July 27, 2017
Individuals with sleep disordered breathing are more likely to have diminished cognition, including poorer attention, processing speed and memory, especially those who are genetically susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease, according to findings published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
“Sleep-disordered breathing is a highly prevalent condition that is characterized by repeated pauses (apneas or hypopneas) in breathing during sleep,” Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, MPH, MS, from the division of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and colleagues wrote. “[Sleep-disordered breathing] is particularly prevalent among elderly populations, older men and racial minority groups (African American, Hispanic, Asian). Individuals with [sleep-disordered breathing] commonly report problems with cognition and may be at increased risk for dementia.”